POSTED: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 3:39pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 3:40pm
Newly discovered Washington state pack will be killed after attacks on livestock.
A recently discovered wolf pack has received a death sentence from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Fish and Wildlife officials say they have regrettably decided they must destroy the pack and start over.
The so-called Wedge Pack has become too dependent on livestock, explained WDF&W Assistant Wildlife Director Nate Pamplin.
He noted that just this week two calves belonging to the Diamond M Ranch in northern Stevens County were confirmed wolf kills.
Pamplin said that makes a total of 17 dead or injured animals.
Experts say once a pack becomes dependent on livestock for food it is nearly impossible to force them to change that habit.